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Hotel Don Fernando de Taos
Ranked #14 of 15 Hotels in Taos
Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
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“Charming Surprise”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

We were so pleasantly surprised when we stopped here. We wanted to stay in an affordable place where the atmosphere wasn't so sterile. We had stayed at the Super 8 on our previous trip, but wanted something with more personality. Hotel Don Fernando was priced so reasonably that we thought there had to be a catch. While we were inquiring at the desk the manager came out and said we could have a suite for the same price. We were a little dubious and asked to see the room. It was charming, with a living room with a fireplace (complete with Duralogs) and a very comfortable king bed and an updated, large bathroom. We could easily have driven home for the night, but were delighted to spend the night. In the morning there was a complete hot breakfast, even with garnish! The dining room was beautifully decorated for the holidays and had the old Taos charm. The manager said that they are updating furniture, etc, so we expect that it will be even better when we get a chance to stay here again! A great find! Very friendly staff, too!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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GMTaos, General Manager at Hotel Don Fernando de Taos, responded to this review, January 30, 2014
Thank you for your kind words.

Yes, we have so many of our fireplace suites suites (22) that we frequently upgrade our guests.

Many thanks for staying,
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Colorado City, Colorado, Usa
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Reviewed December 10, 2013

We have frequented Hotel Don Fernando de Taos for a number of years for the Taos Annual Wool Fest and have always found it to be among the best in Taos, with friendly, helpful staff, excellent amenities and a good location. While not in the center of activities, the hotel is close to everything and has easy access to Taos areas without going through heavy traffic.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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GMTaos, General Manager at Hotel Don Fernando de Taos, responded to this review, January 30, 2014
Thank you for staying with us.

We are under new management and have begun a renovation of the all the facilities. The hot tub is back, the restaurant is back, we have a games room with both electronic and board games, a small library, jigsaw puzzles and as always our free hot breakfast.

Thanks for returning,
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

We have stayed at this hotel/motel five or six times. Before we always reserved a king room which as been very adequate in size. This time we reserved a two room suite which is convenient because I can get up with the dog early and let my wife sleep in. And obviously the property is pet friendly.

I think there are eight different buildings, each with two floors. The lay out is great and the hotel is on Pueblo del Sur, the main road through Taos. The rooms are in need of remodeling including new carpets and new furniture. You might say everything is well worn.

The landscaping is in need of maintenance as the lawn had not been mowed in over two weeks, weeds were everywhere, and volunteer Siberian elms were in many of the flower beds. The bar in the main building was closed, supposedly being updated although there was no sign of activity. Breakfast was provided in the restaurant. The food was fair. This was apparently the only use of the restaurant.

The property could be great with the location and layout. But the owners need to invest in it or it will be gone before long.

Room Tip: Rooms in the center buildings are quieter.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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GMTaos, General Manager at Hotel Don Fernando de Taos, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Thank you for your comments.

We have just taken over the management of the hotel and have started work on giving it warmth and vitality as you rightly comment it needs.

The lobby has been re-done, the lounge and adobe fireplace are being re-done and the restaurant is now OPEN for breakfast and lunch, with dinner coming along shortly.

The indoor pool is being rejuvenated, the hot tub will gain be operational for the ski season . . that is a big win for us - finding the parts!.

The rooms are all being deep cleaned and detailed.

We are moving pretty fast . . . we wish we could move yet faster.
Thanks so much,
Josh and Andy - Management Team
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Durango, Colorado
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

We stayed here on 11/12/13. Our room was spacious and clean and opened into a peaceful inner courtyard. We appreciate that this hotel is pet friendly. The staff was very helpful. The continental breakfast had a variety of foods and was very good. The new management seems eager to make improvements on the property. We feel we got good value for our money. We would stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2013
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GMTaos, General Manager at Hotel Don Fernando de Taos, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Thank you for your comments about our affordable Taos hotel.

As you say, we have just taken over the management of the hotel and appreciate your recognition of the changes that we have been able to realize.

The restaurant "Stray Cats II" just opened for breakfast and lunch . . . the hote tub is next!

The rooms are all being deep cleaned and detailed.

Thanks so much for your support,
Josh and Andy - Management Team
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Orlando
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

We stayed over at hotel one night. Not too many options in Taos. Place looks nice on the outside and public areas are decent. The problem was the beds. The mattresses were extremely old. They actually were so worn that the had indentations of the use. They were not flat. I did not sleep much, nor did my family.

In addition to the old beds, the first room we were in did not have working heater. It was a pain to pack up and move to another. The bathrooms had hair on the floor.

Room Tip: If they update bedding might be ok
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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GMTaos, General Manager at Hotel Don Fernando de Taos, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Thank you for your valuable comments.

We have just taken over management of the hotel and are dealing with the elimination of the important issues that you raise.

The heaters are all being checked on worked on, the mattresses replaced.
The restaurant has just opened.
Th hot tub is next!

Many thanks for choosing us.
Josh and Andy - new management team.
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Lakewood, Colorado
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

I enjoyed the hospitality at this southwestern property. The small groupings of units in separate buildings and southwestern building and landscaping was very pleasant. It felt like a little casita, but with the convenience of the lobby next door. The breakfast was a full breakfast. Best of all was the hospitality. The entire staff was so friendly and went out of their way to make us comfortable. Logs for the fireplace were provided and the suite had a frig and mini-bar. We were very happy with the cleanliness, too. Veronica

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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GMTaos, General Manager at Hotel Don Fernando de Taos, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Thank you for your kind comments about our affordable Taos hotel.

We have just taken over the management of the hotel and are working to bring it to a vital and welcoming life.

Great to know for the team that the work is paying off,
Thanks,
Josh and Andy - new management team
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Placitas, New Mexico
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

Nice hotel, lovely grounds, convenient location, staff very nice. Good value for the money. Convenient parking, Like the fridge and microwave in our rooms. Comfortable beds, nice and quiet. We were up earlier than breakfast was served each morning but appreciated hot coffee available in the lobby.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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GMTaos, General Manager at Hotel Don Fernando de Taos, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Thank you for your kind comments. We have just taken over the management of the hotel and appreciate that the work is coming to reality.

The restaurant is now open for breakfast and lunch.
The adobe fireplace is going.
The hot tub will be ready shortly.

Thanks,
Josh and Andy, new management team.
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Property: Hotel Don Fernando de Taos
Address: 1005 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, Taos, NM 87571-5969
Location: United States > New Mexico > Taos County > Taos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 15 Hotels in Taos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Don Fernando de Taos 2*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Don Fernando will be temporarily closed for business until further notice. We will post updates here and on our Facebook account. Sorry for any inconvenience and we look forward to re-opening soon. Bargain affordable Taos hotels, 1.5 mi south of plaza on Rt 68, the main street, free breakfast, indoor pool, long term stay, 1 and 2 bedroom suites, fireplaces, plus Stray Catt II Restaurant casual dining - traditional Northern New Mexican plus American favorites.Don Fernando Taos Hotel - sitting on the Camino Real - Route #68, 1.5 miles from the heart of town - the plaza,Now under new management:- with indoor swimming pool- free hotel breakfast- extended stay accommodation- pets welcome - lots of green space for walking- hotel layout is that of small versions of the Taos Pueblo "look" - set in grass courtyards and under trees.- 112 rooms, many with sleeper sofas or two twins, arranged in six courtyard like pavillions- Plus 12 suites with fireplaces - one and two bedrooms plus sleeper sofa - superior for a family get-away- 2 large boardrooms- restaurant space for catering functions- all rooms are in "pods" of 22 rooms - built to look like the Taos Pueblo- built around a small pueblo-like courtyard- Two floors onlyHeated Pool All Year Round at our Taos Hotel. We are the only Taos Hotel with an indoor pool all year round. It is a standard oblong pool but we do have blow-up toys, wading pool, water games and a family resort feel. Our pool is open year-round, heated, and under glass. As the one indoor pool at a Taos hotel, we see many of our guests with families taking a break here in Taos, taking advantage of our affordable one and two bedroom suites with fireplaces and, then, after a day of exploring mountains and gorges, spending the evening at the pool. ... more   less 
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